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Widow of WW2 veteran accepts Arctic Star medal

by Richard Morgan

The widow of a WW2 hero finally received his medal last night - three months after he died.

A long-running campaign to award medals to those who served on the Arctic convoys was finally given the go-ahead last year - but Herbert 'Stormy' Lovegrove, from Penarth, died in May, at the age of 91.

Last night his widow said that despite not receiving his medal before he passed away, Stormy had expressed his delight that the role of those who served in the Arctic was finally being recognised.

Funeral of WWII Arctic Convoy hero 'Stormy' Lovegrove

The son of a World War Two veteran says that service personnel who served on the Arctic Convoys have been let down over the wait for their campaign medals.

The honours are only being given out after a lengthy campaign by the veterans and their relatives.

Herbert William 'Stormy' Lovegrove, from Penarth, passed away just two months before he was due to receive his from Prince Michael.

Today was his funeral. Nicola Hendy reports

Read more: Arctic heroes - what did they do?

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Ministry of Defence: 'huge' number of applications for Arctic Star medal

The recently launched Arctic Star and Bomber Command clasp have had a huge response from veterans and their families across the country.

Our priority is to ensure that veterans get the recognition they deserve and we are working extremely hard to process these applications as quickly as possible.

– MOD spokesperson
  • The Ministry of Defence says it has received around 21,000 applications to date, of which more than 3611 are from Arctic Convoy veterans.
  • It says applications are being 'fast tracked' if an indication is given that the person is thought to be seriously ill.

Son of Stormy Lovegrove worries about WWII veterans' medal wait

`'My father had such an incredible experience out there" says Ross Lovegrove.

"There was an incident where he saved someone's life by diving in. You'd last minutes in the North Sea... my father wouldn't hesitate!"

"The medal was important. To receive [an earlier medal] from the Russians was a wonderful thing."

"But he never got the British one, and I think that's wrong. You can't wait long with old people"

"He was disappointed, because there was no reason for the delay. He deserved that - not more than anybody else - but he deserved that".

Funeral of Arctic WWII veteran 'Stormy' Lovegrove held in Penarth

Stormy Lovegrove's wife Mary will now accept his medal in August

Hundreds have attended the funeral of a 91-year-old World War Two veteran who died two months before he was due to be presented with a medal for his service.

Herbert William Lovegrove - known as "Stormy" - took part in nine trips in the Arctic Convoys.

He died in May following a fall.

Read: Welsh Arctic Convoy veterans receive medals

Today's funeral included naval honours

WWII bomb found unexploded in kitchen cupboard

Army experts said the bomb would have flattened everything for 200 yards around. Credit: Wales News Service

A man was showing his parents around his new home in Gwynedd - when they stumbled across an unexploded Second World War bomb in a kitchen cupboard.

Henry Southall, 24, had just got the keys to the seaside property at Borth-y-Gest, near Porthmadog.

"I was showing mum and dad around when I opened a cupboard that was tucked away in the corner of the kitchen", he said. "But we made a hasty retreat when we found the bomb. I’m glad I found it when I did - I wouldn’t have wanted it going off while I was in bed upstairs!"

An army bomb disposal team was called, and removed the 16lbs bomb full of high explosives, before carrying out a controlled explosion.

"The army took the shell down to the beach where it made an enormous bang when they exploded. People heard it from two miles away and it left a crater in the sand", Henry said.

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Memorial service for Freshwater West tragedy

The service was held 70 years to the day after three vessels went down. Credit: Viewer's picture / William Webber

A memorial service has been held at Freshwater West, in memory of 79 British servicemen who died when ships sank off the coast of Pembrokeshire in 1943.

Two Second World War landing crafts, and a boat sent to rescue them, all went down.

Read More: 70 years since the Freshwater West tragedy

Watch: The campaign for a new permanent memorial, with 79 names

Freshwater West memorial service on 70th anniversary

Two Second World War British landing crafts sunk near Freshwater West in 1943.

A memorial service will be held in Pembrokeshire this afternoon, to remember 79 servicemen who died when their ships sunk, 70 years ago today.

Two landing crafts on their maiden voyage from Belfast to Cornwall, and a boat sent to rescue them, went down near Freshwater West.

A number of military associations will be at the service, where two new plaques will be unveiled, bearing the names of all of those who died back in 1943.

The plaques will be on display to the public today, but then have to be taken down, as planning permission has not yet been granted to have them up permanently.

Watch: Calls for new memorial Freshwater West memorial plaque

Memorial for WWII Welshman

Days after the second world war ended, a Welshman was killed as he flew his plane to newly liberated Norway. His name was Arthur Gwynne Davies and now there are plans in the country to hold a memorial to remember his actions.

Arthur was from Tonpentre in the Rhondda and his family say they are delighted his memory will be honoured. Rob Osborne has the story.

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